of the Dixie Chicks:
"As a concerned American
citizen, I apologize to
President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever
that office should be treated with the utmost respect....", etc.
But this might be what she
was really thinking...
I hope everyone understands, I'm just a young girl who grew up in Texas.
As far back as I can remember, I heard people say they were ashamed of
President Clinton. I saw bumper stickers calling him everything from a
pothead to a murderer. I heard people on the radio
and tv like Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson, Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott
badmouthing the President and ridiculing his wife and daughter at every
opportunity. I heard LOTS of people disrespecting the President.
So I guess I just assumed it
was acceptable behavior. But now, thanks to the thousands of angry people
who want radio stations to boycott our music because criticizing the President
is unpatriotic, I realize it's wrong to have a liberal opinion if you're
a country music artist.
I guess I should have thought
about that before deciding to play music that attracts hypocritical rednecks.
I also realize now that I'm supposed to just sing and look cute so our
fans won't have anything to upset them while they're cheating on their
wives or getting in drunken bar fights or driving around in their pickup
trucks shooting highway signs and small animals.
And most important of all,
I realize that it's wrong for a celebrity to voice a political opinion,
unless they're Charlie Daniels, Clint Black, Merle Haggard, Barbara Mandrell,
Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, Travis Tritt, Hank Williams Jr, Amy Grant,
Larry Gatlin, Crystal
Gayle, Reba McEntire, Lee Greenwood, Lorrie Morgan, Anita Bryant, Mike
Oldfield, Ted Nugent, Wayne Newton, Dick Clark, Jay Leno, Drew Carey,
Dixie Carter, Victoria Jackson, Charleton Heston, Fred Thompson, Ben Stein,
Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Bo Derek, Rick Schroeder,
George Will, Pat Buchanan, Bill O'Reilly, Joe Rogan, Delta Burke, Robert
Conrad or Jesse Ventura.
God Bless America,